jewin' the fat


I’m dreaming of a Crunk Christmas
December 27, 2009, 10:21 AM
Filed under: Comment, Israel | Tags: , , , , ,

There is nothing like experiencing religious fervour in Jerusalem. Home of the Jerusalem Sydnrome (wiki Wiki wiki), and the world’s greatest neighbourhood scrapfight, it is the place to be for the spiritually inclined and religiously observant.

And so what better place to ring in the birth of Jesus Christ than the City of Peace itself? As an Australian Jew, Christmas was long understood as a means to drag one more public holiday outta the government under the guise of religion, while spending the eve of said holiday getting tanked at the Greengate Hotel, then eating a fully kosher Christmas lunch, and lying on a secluded beach, with the rest of the Jewish population of Northern Sydney.

 

It was obvious that this was not going to be one of those festive holidays. For starters, it was cold, and rather than sprawled on their couch with the fan turned up to ‘Max’ sleeping off the food-coma, people were rugged up and streaming through the streets, with one destination in mind. The Old City.

So after finishing up Sheva Brachot at my girl D, we got our ‘jacket’ on, and made a beeline for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in the heart of the Old city, which was closed. FAIL. Next best was Christ Church (originality abounded), a messianic Church, filled to bursting with earnest pilgrims seeking spiritual enlightenment, and some festive cheer. Then there was our rag-tag group of 11 – seeking spiritual SLR shots and festive cheers (in liquid form). So after a bit of Psalm-singin’ and Photo-flashin’, we made a sharp about-turn, and headed back into the city to seek a more … traditional christmas fare. After the first couple of bars, and several shots later, I met a frum friend of mine, and we made our way to Gan Sacher , a huge park near the entrance to the city. A friend of mine was DJing a local rave, known for its propensity to incite local police with breaks, beats and debauchery. Did I mention it was in a tunnel?

Needless to say, the night was a rollicking success, and after several hours of pounding musical ecstasy, it came time to retire to the comfort of a friend’s place for an ecstasy of an entirely different variety. what a way to celebrate a birthday.

This is me, signing off, so have a Merry Christmas Bitches, and a Happy Freakin’ New Year!

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